Elisha Otis

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Date of Birth August 3, 1811
Place of Birth Halifax, Vermont
Date of Death Apr 8, 1861 (49)
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Elisha Otis

Elisha Graves Otis was an American industrialist, founder of the Otis Elevator Company, and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails.

Born: August 3, 1811, Halifax, Vermont, United States
Died: April 8, 1861, Yonkers, New York
Nationality: American
Spouse(s): Susan Houghton, Elizabeth Otis
Children: Charles Rollin Otis, Norton Prentice Otis

About Elisha Otis

Bearded inventor who created and popularized the first modern elevator and founded the Otis Elevator Company.

Elisha Otis Before Fame

He worked as a wagon driver, dollmaker, and mechanic.

Achievement of Elisha Otis

He demonstrated the safety of his elevators by freefalling in one in a demonstration at the 1854 New York World's Fair.

Elisha Otis Family Life

He married Susan A. Houghton in 1834.

Associations of Elisha Otis

He made his dramatic presentation at the World's Fair at New York's Crystal Palace where P.T. Barnum used to stage his shows.

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